Tom Brady's 2000 profile goes viral after Super Bowl LV win, mocked as 'before pic in muscle building ads'
Super Bowl LV came to an end as Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Kansas City Chiefs, giving Tom Brady his seventh title. He became the only other player apart from Peyton Manning to win Super Bowls with two different teams.
At 43 years and 188 days, Brady became the oldest player to play in the country's biggest sports event — his first with Tampa Bay Buccaneers after leaving New England Patriots last March. While Brady has been a part of the winning Super Bowl Team six times over the past two decades, this is the first win for the Buccaneers since 2002.
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Of course, social media knows that it was a very different time when Brady was first scouted by the Patriots in 2000. A scouting photo of Brady from 2000 has now gone viral after his historic seventh win. At the time, Brady was drafted with pick No. 1999 in the 2000 NFL draft. Six quarterbacks were selected ahead of him that year: Chad Pennington, Giovanni Carmazzi, Chris Redman, Tee Martin, Marc Bulger and Spergon Wynn. After Brady's win this year, Rex Chapman tweeted out the scouting picture, writing, "Best football player to ever walk the earth..."
Best football player to ever walk the earth... pic.twitter.com/zmgLMMQo7h— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) February 8, 2021
For many, the picture seems quite unbelievable, with one user responding, "He looks like the BEFORE pic in one of those muscle building ads." However, not everyone has taken kindly to the picture or the caption. One user tweeted, "Quarterback doesn't have to be an outstanding athlete." Another wrote, "Not sure he is better than Rice. Still think rice is best ever." One joked, "The hot body shot we all live for." Another said, "Not everyone looks as good as you shirtless."
He looks like the BEFORE pic in one of those muscle building ads— creative scorpio (@vinivinidogo) February 8, 2021
Quarterback doesn't have to be an outstanding athlete https://t.co/CJEbd2R6nL— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) February 8, 2021
Not sure he is better than Rice. Still think rice is best ever https://t.co/YlWHI2VSK1— Kenny jones (@Tnninersfan) February 8, 2021
The hot body shot we all live for.— Cody (@CodyChapman1288) April 16, 2019
Not everyone looks as good as you shirtless 😂— Sadikshya (@Sadikshya_) April 16, 2019
Brady himself has poked fun at his scouting picture. The Buccaneers player tweeted in April 2019, when he was still playing for the Patriots: "19 years ago today the @patriots
took a chance on the guy in this photo: Me (199). Thank you to EVERYONE who’s helped me to prove them right! Also, did they stop taking these photos after mine??"
19 years ago today the @patriots took a chance on the guy in this photo: Me (199) 😂. Thank you to EVERYONE who’s helped me to prove them right!— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) April 16, 2019
Also, did they stop taking these photos after mine?? 🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/qxBoCc0F1H
In an interview with the 2011 ESPN documentary 'The Brady Six', Brady and his father spoke about the pain they felt while waiting for his name to be called in the draft. Even though Brady had won numerous Super Bowls by then, the memories still made him tear up. His father, Tom Brady Sr said in the documentary, "We were led to believe that he was going to be drafted, possibly second round, probably third round. They kept calling quarterback names and we kept being stunned."
When Brady's name was not called in the second or third rounds, Brady Sr recollects being "very distraught", saying, "With each name, it was becoming worse and worse."
When the sixth round began, Brady could not take it anymore and went for a walk. He returned around 22 picks into the round but left the house again, telling ESPN, "It was hard, I remember taking a walk with my dad and mom around the block." He then recollected that his parents were very supportive of him, saying, "They take it as emotional as I do."
Fortunately, the good news was around the corner and Brady recalled, "Finally when the Patriots called, I was so excited. I was, like, 'I don't have to be an insurance salesman,' you know? My family was there. We were all excited, and thank God I got picked here."